KUPPET lashes out at SRC over job evaluation

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) now wants fresh evaluation for all its members terming the previous one as skewed and unfair.

The union noted that the move would lead to the promotions of hundreds of teachers who have stagnated on one job grade for several years.

This came as the union and their employer Teachers Service Commission (TSC) agreed to review the medical cover scheme that had stalled for years.

This emerged at the end of a four day meeting between senior members of the union and TSC in Sawela Lodge in Naivasha.

Addressing the press, the union national chairman Milemba Omboko noted the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) evaluation of 2016 targeted what the teachers owned and not their capacity to teach.

Omboko said that this had locked out hundreds of teachers from promotion noting that they were keen for a second chance.

“We are demanding a re-evaluation exercise targeting over 100,000 of our members as the first one was unfair and never considered the welfare and potential of teachers,” he said.

The chairman added that they had agreed to meet again in two weeks to review the issue of the teacher’s medical scheme.

“The issue of the medical scheme has been a major bother to all teachers and we hope to resolve this when we meet in two weeks,” he said.

During the meeting, the two parties revisited the issue of maternity for interns which had seen the employer issue them 30 days which his against the law.

“We have agreed that an intern teacher will get 90 days maternity leave as the issue of motherhood borders on human rights,” he said.

On his part, the union secretary general Akelo Misori added that as per the agreement all diploma teachers who had stagnated for years would be promoted under the new CBA.

“The 2016 CBA is on the last days and we and TSC have developed new job descriptions capturing the true worth of a classroom teacher,” he said.

Misori added that in readiness for the new CBC curriculum, the Commission had agreed to promote 1,000 graduates who initially had P1 qualifications.

“We have agreed to suspend the requirements of a master’s degree for Principals or other promotions within the teaching service,” he said.

On Covid-19, the secretary general noted that the pandemic had not spared any sector with 41 teachers succumbing to the virus.

“We are however happy that the virus has been contained in our schools and we are asking all including our teachers and students to observe the health guidelines,” he said.

  

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